Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writing
A companion volume to Illuminations, the first collection of Walter Benjamin's writings, Reflections presents a further sampling of his wide-ranging work. Here Benjamin evolves a theory of language as the medium of all creation, discusses theater and surrealism, reminisces about Berlin in the 1920s, recalls conversations with Bertolt Brecht, and provides travelogues of various cities, including Moscow under Stalin. He moves seamlessly from literary criticism to autobiography to philosophical-theological speculations, cementing his reputation as one of the greatest and most versatile writers of the twentieth century. Also included is a new preface by Leon Wieseltier that explores Benjamin's continued relevance for our times.
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Humanity , culture , and freedom are precious things that cannot be bought
dearly enough with blood , understanding , and human dignity ” -thus Kraus
concludes the dispute between the cannibal and human rights . It should be
compared to ...
Kraus , in his recitals , does not speak the words of Offenbach or Nestroy : they
speak from him . And now and then a breathtaking , half - blank , half - glittering
whoremonger's glance falls on the crowd before him , inviting them to the unholy
Rather , an exact correlation exists between the factors that give Kraus access to
the two poles of linguistic expression — the enfeebled pole of humming and the
armed pole of pathos — and those which forbid his sanctification of the word to ...
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We can remark in passing that there is no better starting point for thought than laughter. In particular, thought usually has a better chance when one is shaken by laughter than when one’s mind is ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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